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Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.

Dr. Payet will take up his new duties in Geneva on 6 October 2014.

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Announcements

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new online tool for finding its many joint technical and scientific publications. The use of an integrated search engine combines publications from the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention processes for the first time, and enables interested browsers to search by keyword, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name under the Conventions.

The tool aims to better facilitate the sharing of key information about sustainable chemicals management amongst stakeholders, ease the work of Parties and Observers to the three Conventions, is the latest in the ongoing process of harmonisation and improvement of knowledge management within the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

New Tool Goes Live for Finding Technical and Scientific Publications

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new online tool for finding its many joint technical and scientific publications. The use of an integrated search engine combines publications from the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention processes for the first time, and enables interested browsers to search by keyword, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name under the Conventions.

The tool aims to better facilitate the sharing of key information about sustainable chemicals management amongst stakeholders, ease the work of Parties and Observers to the three Conventions, is the latest in the ongoing process of harmonisation and improvement of knowledge management within the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 
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Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) Project

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The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices
The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

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 Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

The third meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 21-23 January 2015

Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

 Third meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

The third meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 21-23 January 2015

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 January 2015

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Second meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
The second meeting of the small intersessional working group on legal clarity takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 25- 26 January 2015
Regional Centres meet to enhance cooperation and coordination

Regional Centres meet to enhance cooperation and coordination

The Annual joint meeting of Regional Centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions takes place in Geneva on 27-28 November 2014.

Regional Centres meet to enhance cooperation and coordination

Regional Centres meet to enhance cooperation and coordination
The Annual joint meeting of Regional Centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions takes place in Geneva on 27-28 November 2014.
Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

The meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 19-20  January 2015

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

The Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste takes place in Konstanz, Germany, from 19-20 January 2015.

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Activities

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Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs
At their joint meeting on 11-12 November, the bureaux successfully laid foundations for the forthcoming COPs. An advance version of the schedule is now available.

Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs

Bureaux approve the schedule of work for the 2015 COPs
At their joint meeting on 11-12 November, the bureaux successfully laid foundations for the forthcoming COPs. An advance version of the schedule is now available.
Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015.

Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015

Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015.
Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.
Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
Deposit of instrument by Congo brings total number of ratifications to 80 Parties!

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
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Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.
National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Basel Convention online. The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the electronic reporting system.

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!
 
Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

The objective of this webinar is to inform SAICM stakeholders of the 2nd meeting of the of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to participate fully in the related discussions. This webinar also serves to increase synergies in the implementation of SAICM and the chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
25 November 2014, 10 am
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27 November 2014, 4 pm
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Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform SAICM stakeholders of the 2nd meeting of the of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to participate fully in the related discussions. This webinar also serves to increase synergies in the implementation of SAICM and the chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Contents

  1. Introduction 5 min
  2. Presentation by the SAICM secretariat:
    • OEWG2 - 10 mins.
    • Overall Orientation and Guidance and related documents - 10 mins.
    • Other meeting documents - 10 mins.
    • Plans for ICCM4 - 5 mins.
  3. Questions and Answers - 20 mins.

Background

The 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management will be held in Geneva at the Centre International de Conference Genève (CICG) from 15 to 17 December 2014, with technical briefings and informal regional and other group meetings on Sunday 14 December 2014.
The OEWG2 meeting is in response to the request of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in its resolution II/6 that established the Working Group as its subsidiary body which would meet a few months prior to the Conference.
The Working Group is to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, including by:
  1. Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference;
  2. Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues;
  3. Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action;
  4. Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment;
  5. Considering the outcomes of regional meetings;
  6. Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference;
  7. Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct;
A significant part of the agenda will be dedicated to discussing progress towards the 2020 goal and contributing to the ‘Overall Orientation and Guidance towards the 2020 Goal’, an expected strategic policy outcome of the fourth session of the ICCM.

Target group

SAICM stakeholders, including nominated SAICM National, Regional, IGO and NGO Focal Points, Basel Convention focal points, Rotterdam Convention focal points, Stockholm Convention national focal points and other BRS stakeholders.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows for sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection, or otherwise a phone.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
For aspects related to the agenda and content of the webinar
The SAICM secretariat
Email: saicm.chemicals@unep.org
For IT and organisational aspects of the webinar
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan and Other Asian Countries

Come and learn how the e-waste collection system was put in place in Japan and other Asian countries. These sessions aim at sharing experience on how to establish such systems in the framework of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, presenting lessons learned and strategies to replicate this experience in other countries.

Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan and Other Asian Countries

Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan and Other Asian Countries
 
The October  issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

The October issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The October  issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

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Upcoming meetings

December 2014
Sub-regional workshop on illegal traffic of hazardous wastes, including PCBs and other wastes
Barranquilla, Colombia, 10 - 12 December 2014

Sub-regional workshop on illegal traffic of hazardous wastes, including PCBs and other wastes

Barranquilla, Colombia, 10 - 12 December 2014


Background: Under the Basel Convention, each Party is required to take appropriate legal administrative and other measures to implement and enforce the provisions of the Convention, including appropriate national/domestic legislation to prevent and punish illegal traffic (art. 4.4 and 9.5). The Secretariat’s activities support the effective implementation of these requirements and hence the achievement of fundamental objectives of the Convention.

According to Annex A part II of the Stockholm Convention, Parties to the Convention are obliged to eliminate equipment and oils containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from use by 2025 and bring these under environmentally sound waste management by 2028.

Over the years, the Secretariat carried out a number of training activities to support parties in preventing and combating illegal traffic in hazardous wastes and other wastes, including more recently two workshops that focused on the prosecution of illegal traffic. The first workshop for prosecutors took place in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic, on 26-27 June 2012 for countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The workshop for Central and South America took place on 28-29 August 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Furthermore, the Secretariat provided support to Parties on the environmentally sound management of POPs wastes including PCBs wastes in a series of regional workshops that took place in 2009 and 2010. The Secretariat also undertook activities to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition in implementing the Basel Convention technical guidelines on POPs waste, including PCBs. These as well as a number of documents and guidance on inventory of PCBs and environmentally sound management of PCBs, have been prepared by the Secretariat. 

Organized by: The sub-regional workshop is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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January 2015
Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste
Konstanz, Germany, 19 - 20 January 2015

Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste

Konstanz, Germany, 19 - 20 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. The meeting will open at 9:00am on 19 January 2015 and is expected to close by 5:30pm on Tuesday 20 January 2015.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on technical guidelines on e-waste  is meeting with a view to consider and advance the work on the draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention. Another objective of the meeting is to consider and agree on the texts for paragraph 26(b) of the document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.9/INF6 rev.1 agreed at the Open-ended Working Group meeting in September 2014. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Conference of the Parties during its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Japan.

Working Language: English

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3rd meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management
Konstanz, Germany, 21 - 23 January 2015

3rd meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management

Konstanz, Germany, 21 - 23 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

Highlight: The expert working group on environmentally sound management is expected to consider the intersessional work undertaken by it to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management. In addition, it will consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. The expert working group will report on its activities and submit its work programme to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland).

Germany and Switzerland are kindly funding the third face-to-face meeting of the group.

Working Language: English only.

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2nd meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
Konstanz, Germany, 25 - 26 January 2015

2nd meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Konstanz, Germany, 25 - 26 January 2015


Venue: Wolkenstein-Saal, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Katzgasse 5, 78462 Konstanz, Germany. The meeting will open at 10 :00am on 25 January 2015 and is expected to close by 5:30pm on Monday 26 January 2015.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity (SIWG) is meetingwith a viewtofinalizing the glossary of terms; to prepare recommendations as to whether any terms defined in previously adopted technical guidelines and guidance documents as well as the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes need to be updated as a result; to prepare recommendations as to whether further guidance would be useful; and to prepare recommendations on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Conference of the Parties during its twelfth meeting (4-15 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Switzerland.

Working Language: English

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Recent meetings

November 2014
Annual joint meeting of Directors of the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 28 November 2014

Annual joint meeting of Directors of the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 - 28 November 2014


Venue: International Environment House-2 (IEH-2), Châtelaine, Geneva

Background: Decisions BC-11/12 (Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres), BC-11/13 (Process for evaluating the performance and sustainability of the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres), and SC-6/16 (Regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and the transfer of technology), among others, are implemented through programme budget for Activity 19. Activity 19 includes convening of annual joint meetings to enhance cooperation and coordination between regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm conventions to promote and enhance synergies in delivery of technical assistance under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

Organizer(s): The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Working Language: English only

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September 2014
Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014


Venue: International Environment House I (IEH-I), room 3, 11-13, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes : The Committee considered 13 specific submissions, general issues of implementation and compliance, and its draft 2016-2017 work programme. With respect to the specific submissions, 9 Parties attended the meeting and the Committee adopted 13 decisions.In its decision pertaining to the self-submission by Central African Republic, the Committee approved this Party’s compliance action plan and recommended that the Executive Secretary use resources in the implementation fund of up to USD 50’000.- to fund activities listed in the plan. The Committee also considered a report on the review of the operation of the implementation fund, including in light of the establishment of the UNEP Special Programme, and recommended that it be entrusted to develop recommendations to the attention of the Executive Board of the Special Programme on priority areas for institutional strengthening under the Basel Convention and that it consider further options to cooperate with the Special Programme. With respect to the extended Secretariat trigger, the Committee recommended to the Conference of the Parties that it confirm without any limitation in time the extension of the Secretariat’s trigger to article 5 issues (designation of Focal Point and Competent Authority) and that the Conference of the Parties extend until COP-14 the Secretariat’s trigger pertaining to national definitions and import/exports restrictions and prohibitions. With respect to general issues of implementation and compliance, the Committee reviewed the classification of parties’ compliance performance with national reporting and how to improve timeless and completeness of reports, and agreed to invite Parties to comment thereon. The Committee also continued its consideration of four draft guidance documents that were consulted with OEWG-9. The Committee agreed to invite further comments on one of these, namely the draft Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention. The Committee will finalize the four draft guidance documents and submit them to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties for adoption.

The Committee also prepared the draft 2016-2017 work programme of the Committee. Proposed activities pertain to improving implementation and compliance with respect to national reporting, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance bond guarantee, and national legislation. In addition, the Committee is proposing that it be mandated to review and update as needed the guidance documents it has developed.

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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014


Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes: The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) was held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva with pre-meetings on 15 September. 272 participants attended, representing 106 parties, 1 non-party, and 41 observer organizations.

As decided in decision BC-11/19, the meeting was organized in a new format, two days of plenary sessions on the first and the last day and two days of contact group meetings on the second and the third day. The feedback on the new format will be collected to support the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting to take a decision on the operation of the OEWG.

The Working Group took ten decisions including on the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes, options for the operation of the Open-ended Working Group, Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of POPs wastes, mercury wastes, and electronic and used electrical and electronic equipment, national reporting, consultation with the Implementation and Compliance Committee, providing further legal clarity, Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment, and the work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2016-2017.

A letter dated 29 September 2014 was sent to parties and others inviting comments on documents and nominations of experts as a follow-up to the meeting.

The Earth Negotiation Bulletin covered the meeting (http://www.iisd.ca/basel/oewg9/) and its summary of the meeting can be found at: http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb2038e.pdf

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Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia
Webinar, 9 September 2014

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia

Webinar, 9 September 2014


The objective of this webinar is to share the experience gained by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia and the participating countries, after the completion of the project. The session aims at disseminating the tools and methodologies developed in the framework of the project and at sharing lessons learned on the ESM of asbestos wastes.

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